Helen Keller is a great humanitarian. She was born in 1880 in Tuscumba, Alabama. Her father was Captain Arthur Keller and mother Katherine Adams Keller. Her family was not rich and their main source of income was cotton plantation. She was born as quite healthy, but two years after her birth she had a high fever and she became blind, deaf and dumb. She started her formal education at the Wright Humason School for the deaf. There she worked to improve her communication skills and studied regular academic subjects. Later, she received a BA degree with honours from Redcliffe College. There she learnt reading through a special technique called Braille. However, overcoming all her disabilities Helen Keller put a great contribution in the field of humanitarian activities. She worked for the disabled people all through her life. She always tried to make the learning process easier for disabled people. She died on June 1, 1968, a few week short of her 88th birthday. Helen Keller received numerous awards and honours, such as the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1964), which she was the first woman to receive. She received the Congressional Gold Medal posthumously in 1980. Keller’s life has been the subject of several biographies as well as a feature film, The Miracle Worker (1962), which did win two Academy Awards, which include best actress for Anne Bancroft in the role of Sullivan.